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Star Wars Authors’ Version of The Force Awakens

The “How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” at Dragon Con 2015 was, as the title suggests, about how several Star Wars authors – namely Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson (with Paula Rosenberg moderating) – would have written Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To be clear, this wasn’t official in any way; it was simply a group of very experienced writers examining what they would have written, in an off-the-cuff (and sometimes intentionally silly and ridiculously funny) manner.

I was lucky enough to attend the panel and it was, in my opinion, absolutely hilarious! My favorite aspect of this panel was how much fun the authors had with the discussion, how engaged they were, and how they weren’t afraid to be both outlandish and serious at times. It was actually difficult to keep up with their banter sometimes, especially when I was laughing too much to type accurately. (P.S. One of the reasons I love the Star Wars track at Dragon Con is because of how nice the authors are there, and how open and available they are with fans.) Here is the panel, recapped and somewhat abridged.
The authors began with describing how they would open the film.

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Last Day to Purchase $80 4 Day Pass for Dragon Con 2016

Hey everyone!

Today is the last day to purchase Dragon Con 2016 4 day tickets for just $80!

Remember how fun Dragon Con was this year?

Riley and Peter Mayhew

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Star Wars at the Dragon Con 2015 Parade

Every Labor Day weekend, my family and I pack up the outdoor folding chairs and attend the Saturday morning Dragon Con Parade!  This amazing event brings out tons of Dragon Con cosplayers to march down the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia in some of the most elaborate costumes from all types of fantasy and science fiction genres.  We always get there two hours early to get a good spot, especially in the shade.  My kids are always excited to see super-heroes, Harry Potter, crazy animated characters, and the grand finale of Star Wars cosplayers.  Anyone attending can tell that Star Wars is the most popular section of the parade with all spectators giving big cheers and taking lots of pictures of the light and dark side characters marching with the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs.  We even saw characters from The Force Awakens!

Truly, Star Wars rules the parade galaxy, and here are some pictures from this past Dragon Con event!

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~ Bruce Gibson



Live From Dragon Con 2015 (WapWapWap) – SWR #183

Riley, Bethany, and the guys from Cloud City Casino recap their experience LIVE from the bottom of the Marriott in downtown ATL.SWR LogoYou can show your support of the Star Wars Report podcast by becoming a Patron atwww.patreon.com/starwarsreport

This week’s topics include:

Peter Mayhew

  • A look behind the scenes of The Stars of Star Wars panel
  • A look behind the scenes of the Rogue One panel
  • A litany of stories and funny moments from Dragon Con 2015
  • And much more!

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I was Disabled Going in to Dragon Con, and was Surprised by This

Dragon Con is a flurry of costumes, hundreds of hours of paneling and entertainment, parties, and multiple hotels packed with people. More specifically, Dragon Con spans five hotels, has around 65,000 people, and contains programming on multiple levels of the hotels. You can see why I was a little apprehensive about not being able to walk at Dragon Con this year.

IMG_0667This past summer at Air Force ROTC Field Training I fractured my heel and toe, and am currently on crutches or a knee walker (like a scooter only raised up to have one knee on it). While I have my scooter and my protective boot around my foot, I was worried about constantly getting stuck in crowds, having people bang into my foot, possibly being knocked over, or even just the simple things like navigating a panel room filled with people and trying to find a seat at the end of a row (being unable to use the scooter to walk between the seats).

However, contrary to my concerns, my experience of not being able to walk while at the convention went quite well! While I was bumped into a few times, it definitely was not the number of times I expected, and I even had random people who would help me navigate the crowds, or make sure I was safe using the scooter on the escalators. Convention fans who didn’t even know me were polite, and cared about whether or not I was able to enjoy and navigate the convention. When I first arrived at the convention on Friday, the press room people who checked us in were very helpful, and suggested that I ask an information booth (stationed in multiple places throughout the hotel) where I could get a handicapped sticker so that I would be seated on the end of a row of chairs for panels (and not have to crawl over people). The information booth staff that we went to were extremely helpful, and got me the location of where I could find the nearest Dragon Con disability services station.

Photo courtesy of amommystory.com

Photo courtesy of amommystory.com

Once at the disability services station, I was given a concise briefing on what all the handicapped pass sticker would do for me (sitting at the end of a row), and how best to navigate the convention while not being able to walk. In the end, the most noticeable impact on my experience of Dragon Con compared with previous years when I could walk was not being able to use the stair cases. That did meant that overall I traveled more slowly, which meant I was not able to see quite as many panels as I normally did. However, though I didn’t wind up taking advantage of the handicapped sticker, I imagine for most handicapped people at the convention that any time lost in transit would be made up for by being seated a half hour early to each panel. This means they wouldn’t have to wait in the really long lines as much as some people.

Kudos to Dragon Con for running a convention that, in my experience, was very welcoming and accommodating to someone with a (temporary) disability! Also kudos for the convention crowd being overall very friendly and helpful.

~ Bethany Blanton